Joel 2:28–32 (NKJV)
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
This iconic Scripture is a prophecy of the day of Pentecost outpouring on the disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem. It is quoted in Acts 2 by Peter to show the fulfillment. The specific elements of the prophecy are fulfilled in an uncanny certainty. The prophecy speaks of old and young, male and female, and the upper room was filled with a mixture of all these groups, being filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing. The remainder of the prophecy, however, is yet to be fulfilled, speaking of the coming tribulation and period of atmospheric and spiritual upheaval. The overall message, though, is one of hope and salvation. In these last days, in the power of the Holy Spirit, revival will come and souls will be saved as the church preaches and witnesses in the world.
The church today must see its role as that of a mighty missionary movement. The rapture of the church and the realization of our destiny will only come when we fulfill the Great Commission and preach the gospel around the world. While Joel may not have seen the day of Pentecost in full view, God knew that this word would be fulfilled in the lives of 120 believers that would start a spiritual and cultural revolution without ever firing a shot or waging a physical war. That revolution continues today, and must come to its completion so that the restoration of earth and heaven will be complete. Walk in the power of the Spirit and fulfill this mission!